AMG Corporate Offices introduces our Tenant of the Month: James Kutten from James Kutten Law Office.
o What is your profession and why did you choose it?
I am a solo practice lawyer specializing in federal tax controversy matters. I help individuals and organizations solve their tax problems.
For thirty-years I was a senior attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel Internal Revenue Service where I pretty much did it all for the IRS, as their lawyer. On a daily basis I advised revenue agents (auditor), revenue officers (collection), special agents (criminal investigation), and appeals officers (administrative appeal). I also litigated cases in the United States Tax Court, representing the IRS in court.
At the end of 2011 I retired as a counsel for the IRS. In late 2011 I had to decide, what do I want to do upon retirement? I have a unique skill set, knowing the IRS from the inside, as their lawyer. I decided I would help people solve their IRS problems. The next decision, should I work for a firm or myself. My wife said, you worked your entire life for someone else, why don’t you work for yourself. So, it was decided, I will work for myself.
The IRS can be a bully. I even the playing field. Have done a lot of good for clients, obtaining unbelievable settlements. But I do not have a magic wand.
o What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I co-teach Federal Tax Procedure at Washington University Law School.
o Do you have a hobby, play a sport, or have any special interests?
I enjoy outside activities, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and bicycle trail riding.
o What job would you be terrible at?
Everything and anything else.
o Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
Every trip is an adventure. I have enjoyed sailing in the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. Last summer I took a one-week white water rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
o Do you have any advice based on your area of expertise?
Do not let the government push you around.
o If you could work anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
o What is your favorite restaurant from the St. Louis area?
I enjoy ethnic restaurants. I am not a meat and potatoes person.
o What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Travel to unique locations. One day a music festival in Cuba will be on my travel list.
o Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
I always enjoy the Blues.
AMG Corporate Offices is excited to introduce the Vice President of Development and Board Member of FOCUS Marines Foundation: Norm Harriman.
What is your profession and why did you choose it?
Vice President of Development and Board Member - FOCUS Marines Foundation - It's about Marines helping Marines and other veterans. When I heard about FMF, I was all in.
How long have I been involved with FOCUS Marines?
I have been involved with the FMF since 2012.
What inspired you to be involved with FOCUS Marines Foundation?
The phrase "once a Marine, always a Marine", is not only our motto, it is something that is tattooed into every Marines soul so being able to give back to combat veterans who have sacrificed so much was little more than adhering to our motto.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I come from a family of Marines. Dad, brother, son, and me all went through boot camp at MCRD San Diego.
Hobby, sports, special interest.
Hobby - collecting challenge coins. Too old to play active sports but enjoy watching most of them. Interests include golf, traveling and taking care of two rescue dogs which will lose some of my attention as I am a new, first time Grand Pa.
What job would you be terrible at?
Artist. I can barely draw my name.
Who has impressed you most with what they have accomplished?
The men and women who attend the FOCUS program and willing to reverse the downward spiral they find themselves while trying to transition from the battlefield to life as a civilian.
Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
Navajo, Hopi, and Apache tribal lands in Eastern and Northern Arizona
Do you have any advice based on your expertise?
We all can do our part in helping today'a veteran. There are vasts amounts of information on the internet on what to do and how to help. Whether it is someones neighbor, relative, or overhearing a conversation in a restaurant. If you hear of a veteran that is struggling, have a plan of action. It literally could save a life.
If you could work anyplace in the world, where would you choose?
I already have. Right here.
How has working in a shared workplace helped your business?
I have a saying, "your net-work is your net-worth". AMG has offered all of us at FOCUS Marines Foundation the opportunity to work and meet with others in a professional, friendly atmosphere. We are proud to showcase our office and all it offers.
What is your favorite restaurant in the St. Louis area?
Satchmo's Bar and Grill in Chesterfield. Great food and friendly atmosphere plus it reminds me of Cheers when I walk in because they all yell, "Norm"! Susie,s the best day time bartender around. Stop in and tell her Norm sent you.
1. How long have you been in business?
41 years in various corporations and law firms in the St. Louis area (from Fortune 50 companies to being a sole proprietor).
2. No one likes to brag about their business, but if you HAD to what would it be?
I like helping people and educating them about their options. What I do allows me to accomplish this goal. I get to know my clients and their needs and we work together to find solutions.
3. What is your best piece of advice for new businesses with legal issues and preparing their taxes?
Hire a knowledgeable and responsible person who can explain things in an understandable way. You should have confidence in your advisor. Communication is the key.
4. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I rode in the Little 500 bicycle race at Indiana University and we came in 23rd out of 33 teams. I was in the best shape in my life. Also that I have 4 daughters (meaning 4 weddings).
5. If you could work anywhere under the sun, where would you choose?
On my own, at 400 Chesterfield Center #400- I am very happy here. Convenient to my home and clients.
6. What would be your perfect day off?
Riding my bike on the Katy Trail or taking a long walk at Forest Park. I am a low maintenance person. A lot of good thinking comes during exercise.
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